Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Sam Flax - Acrylic Demonstration

I went to Sam Flax on Saturday afternoon to sketch a free demonstration of acrylic paints. The presenter had a series of pigments which he would then paint on a board so the audience could see the paints thickness and consistency. New lines of paint were shown and the possible uses explained. Quite honestly I lost interest after a while as if felt like I was sketching an infomercial. I figured the group of artists assembled must practicing artists who I might like to meet, but as soon as my sketch was finished, I went to the back of the store to buy tubes of watercolor paint to replenish my supply of paint which must have fallen out of my bag at some event.
Julie Perreth, an amazing artist in her own right, works at Sam Flax and pointed out that the store carries the brushes I use for my sketches. I had been ordering these brushes from Tokyo and paying $5 shipping. I have shopped in that store for years and never noticed the brushes. I am ecstatic to find I can replace these brushes easily when they wear out from all the abuse I throw at them from sketching every day.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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